President Caret lays out UMass role in Pioneer Valley
Says, ``the people I've met want us to do more''
HOLYOKE - UMass President Robert L. Caret outlined a plan today for working with Holyoke, Springfield, and other communities in the Pioneer Valley region to help grow and recruit innovation economy based-companies and expand existing enterprises in information technology, clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and the life sciences.
In an address at the annual economic development breakfast of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, President Caret said the University had strengthened its role in the region in recent years, thanks to efforts by UMass Amherst. But he acknowledged the desire of business, civic, and political leaders in the Pioneer Valley region to see the University expand its presence there.
"In spite of how well we're doing as a University in working with our regional development partners, my sense is that the people I've met want us to do more,'' President Caret said, harkening back to comments he heard and absorbed last October when he traveled the state on a four-day, 400-mile bus trip that included stops in Springfield, Holyoke, and Amherst. ``I absolutely believe we should do more where we can. It won't be easy at a time of diminished resources, but we have to try to deliver as much as we can on our mission of service.''
Those plans include:
"We can be partners with state and local governments, business and industry in marketing the region in these key sectors,'' President Caret said. ``And we can work to ensure that we are generating the talent and innovations that help support the growth of these key sectors in the future.''
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